Anyone who puts their name down on the waiting list for this training school is automatically included in the next training school if they would like a place.
3 Sydney Road Mudgee 2850
Date: 23 -24 September
Instructor: Pip Hudson
TAKING BOOKINGS to be confirmed please call
Enid Clark If you want to attend
ALL WORKING BREEDS & ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE ALWAYS MOST WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Trialing and herding, sheep and cattle, yard and paddock.
Whether you are a first timer or in need of a refresher, our training schools promise to be interesting and informative days. You will be able to learn why your dog does what he does. You will have the opportunity to fine tune a dog already working.
Non members and all working breeds are very welcome. You must be a WKAA member to attend for insurance purposes. Non members simply sign up on the day.
Priority will be given to WKAA members with koolies.
For bookings & further info please phone our N.S.W. Representative
ENID CLARK (02) 6577 5516
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WA member Nan Lloyd entered her Koolie, 3 year old Pepsi, in a utility trial held at Tarwonga WA., a first for both of them.
They entered the novice event as an encourage, which allowed the judge to help if necessary. As Pepsi was inexperienced, Nan decided to walk in from the peg so Pepsi would not have such a long cast. Pepsi cast, gathered and lifted the sheep rather well, and brought them to Nan, then to the yards with little effort.
The yard section, comprising of penning, backing and drafting was performed very efficiently ( both by Pepsi and Nan !!!) Following the yard section it was back to the paddock and the first obstacle - a race. Pepsi negotiated this with her sheep really well, then went onto the next obstacle - a yard where the dog has to pen and hold the sheep while the handler walks around the other side to open a gate to let the stock through. Pepsi nearly had her sheep in the pen when unfortunately the bell rang, signalling their time was up and Pepsi's and Nan's run was finished. Although they did not manage to complete the course, a great run was had by Pepsi and Nan for their first trial.
Friday 1st July 2005 saw Nan and Pepsi attempting their second trial at Binnaburra WA. For this trial, Pepsi was entered into the Farmers Encourage Trial, which was a yard trial. This trial also included penning, backing and drafting, but also putting sheep onto and off of a truck, the dog having to achieve this with little assistance from the handler.
There were nine dogs entered ,(Pepsi being the only Koolie), and Pepsi and Nan came first, with a creditable score of 46 out of a possible 60 points, their nearest rival attaining 33 points !
Pepsi and Nan then entered the Novice Utility section of the Binnaburra trials but only attempted the yard section (the sheep were really flighty and fast and Nan felt that Pepsi would do best in the yard section. They were allowed to do just one section as the scores are seperate) They gained 46 points again, putting them in 12th position out of 30 dogs and handlers, a lot of dogs were experienced dogs .
A great effort by Pepsi and Nan.
Trials are a wonderful opportunity to get the Koolie better known and let others see what a Koolie is and what they can do.
..as told by Leanne Armour
The day started clear and bright, promising and dry. It was the Sunday 2nd of March. The first Working Koolie training day at Landsborough. A big unknown for my dog and I. As I walked the dog, packed the car, I wondered what I was getting myself into, young dog with little handling and no manners. Was I mad! Well here we go, hope nobody laughs at us.
A long drive later with a very car sick dog we arrived.
Already there were Ute's and 4 wheel drive's pulled up under the large shady gums. Dog out, put my boots on, after name tags and hellos the day really started. I had never met Joe Spicer before and was very nervous. He started with the basics as there were a few young dogs. The portable yards had been set up and the lambs sorted into two yards. With us sitting on chairs outside the yards, the dogs all got a good look at what was going on in the yards. With out dog on a leash we started then slowly around the sheep, Joe talked us through what we were doing wrong, body language of the dog and the flight zone were explained and demonstrated with Joe's dog first then ours. Joe went to great lengths to make sure we understood all that we had seen. He asked us lots of questions and we asked him even more; which he answered with great detail.
He also taught me how to catch my dog in the yard, by putting her into an uncomfortable place by getting into her personal space and the dog soon learnt this wasn't fun and came to be caught, great stuff, no more chasing her around the sheep.
After lunch the more experienced dogs and owners went out to the oval with the sheep and Joe. The dogs got a chance to work with the sheep around the oval with Joe instructing as they went.
I found this really good to watch as it helped me to understand what I had learnt that morning. Joe's dogs were there to pick up the pieces when things went wrong and they were fantastic.
Robbie is to be thanked as he supplied the lambs, especially as he is getting married the next weekend. Good Luck.
The dog and I enjoyed the day and learnt lots. We will be at the next day. And remember to make any training fun for the dog at the end of the day-
Many thanks to trainer Joe Spicer for all his time and effort spent helping us understand how to train a sheepdog, without pulling our hair out and ending up with high blood pressure!!!
Regards the WKAA
Article written and sent in by Deborah Sodeau
On September 30th members of Suncoast Fundogs Agility Club departed Brisbane and headed south to Uralla to participate in the A.D.A.A.Grand Prix 2005.
With a few first timer and a few more old hands we crammed all our stuff into our various vehicles. We needed lots of stuff because over the years at Uralla weve had sleet, westerly winds that would burn the skin off your ears ,days of torrential rain, where the campers and their dogs crawled into everyone elses digs, four humans and five dogs in one cabin, very chummy! My Koolie Flea and other dogs got squeezed in as we headed south convoy style, amid lots of laughter, with signs painted down the sides of one vehicle "Where the hell is Uralla" and lots of hand signals out of windows ( not directional type signs either) we arrived about 4 oclock at Uralla. We then split up and headed for our accommodation at various B & Bs, cabins and campsites around the town and got settled in for our stay.
After a freezing night (when you expel breath inside the cabin and release steam youve got to know its a bit chilly out) the morning was a clear blue sky, perfect. It stayed perfect the whole weekend.
It was the first day of a three day competition. I arrived a little early so I could give my little red merle bitch a run before we started. She tore down the paddock having a sniff around. Then arrived back on three , yes three, legs. One was held up with blood streaming down her foot. She had ripped off a left front nail and it was hanging at an odd angle. Not a good start! But if you know me its par of the course. After debating wether to yank it out or bandaging it with a couple of vet nurse friends I decided to leave it alone, as she has a foot sensitivity issue anyway (clipping toenails is an exercise where we can do it only if she buries her head in my armpit) So I wasnt going to make a fuss and I just hoped she would get her head around it. Which she did and worked beautifully all weekend except she point blank refused to do the weave poles correctly which kisses our chances of achieving a title or a place goodbye.
However over the next three days we had a ball, great company (not only the dogs) good sportsmanship (no hissy fits) and lots of Koolies. Watching the dog / handler combinations was inspiring. Some dogs were calm, with an "Im not fussed" appearance, while others were sitting at the start of the events quivering with excitement, some, meant to be in a sit- stay which becomes a stand and creep closer to the first obstacle while the owners back is turned.
Nearly all the dogs worked their hearts out and loved every minute.
A well known Queensland three sheep trialler judge once said to me that what he did was easy cause they just let the dog do what it wants to do naturally and they put some commands to it , but what agility people taught their dogs was more complex because they are not able to utilise the dogs natural ability.
Ill take that as a compliment!
Yours Deborah Sodeau
Hill Billy Kennels QLD